Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal treatment?

Inside of each of your teeth is a pulp chamber in which can be found the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that help the roots of your teeth grow during development. When the pulp in this chamber becomes infected – known as an abscessed tooth – it becomes necessary to remove the infection in order to prevent tooth loss and other potentially serious consequences.

The procedure to remove the infection is known as root canal treatment or, more commonly, a root canal, and it is a safe, effective, and quick way to preserve the quality and appearance of your smile.

Root Canal Treatment

Symptoms that indicate a root canal treatment may be necessary include:

  • Throbbing toothache
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Heightened sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swelling of lymph nodes in the neck
  • Facial swelling
  • Fever

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you likely have an abscessed tooth. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw and throughout the face, resulting in systemic infection. An untreated tooth abscess can also result in tooth loss, necessitating advanced restorative services to preserve the quality and function of the smile.

The Root Canal Treatment

To perform a root canal treatment, a small access hole will first need to be made. Through this hole, debris and infection can easily be removed. Once removed, the pulp chamber is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The same material is used to seal the small access hole. When necessary, antibiotics may be injected into the tooth as well, but this is not needed for every root canal procedure.

After the tooth has been cleaned and sealed, a dental crown is used to protect it from further damage. The dental crowns offered at our Sorriso Design Dental Clinic are shaped, coloured, and sized to fit perfectly into your smile, working to protect the weakened tooth without compromising aesthetics.

While conventional knowledge holds that a root canal treatment is unpleasant, the treatment is no more uncomfortable than a traditional filling. Far from causing pain, root canal treatments relieve pain and prevent future discomforts as well. However, if you are nervous about having a root canal treatment in Milton Keynes, we would be happy to discuss sedation dentistry options during your treatment consultation.

What can I eat after a root canal?

After a root canal, try to eat soft foods that require little chewing, like yogurts, eggs, and fish. Avoid hot or hard foods that might hurt your teeth. Sorriso Design dentists will suggest you to not eat for a few hours until the numbness in your mouth wears off so you don’t bite your cheek or tongue.


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